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Appfog - 2GB RAM FREE! (PaaS)

Appfog - 2GB RAM FREE! (PaaS)

telephonetelephone Member
edited July 2012 in General

Appfog is a Paas provider that recently launched 2GB RAM instances for free :)

Instances can be created in: 1) AWS - Virginia 2) AWS - Ireland 3) AWS - Singapore 4) Rackspace - Dallas 5) MS Azure - San Antonio (Coming soon) 6) HP Openstack - Arizona (Coming soon)

Minimum RAM per app/instance = 128MB Disk space per app = 2GB Bandwidth = 50GB ($0.15/GB after)

Supports: - Java - NodeJS - Ruby - Python - PHP - etc...

Limitations: 1) No shell access 2) Only CNAME capable 3) Low bandwidth (but decent if instances are in Singapore) 4) Have to use their Ruby app to push code

Overall though, I've been playing with it for 24hrs and I have to say I'm quite impressed. In fact, I'll probably use a Singapore instance as a mirror.

Link: Appfog

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  • @liam said: Does it require credit card info?

    Nope.

  • fanfan Member

    Beating most LEB's. xD

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    how long can someone keep the free service?

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  • Awesome, as @jcaleb asked,how long can be kept for the service?

  • NanoG6NanoG6 Member
    edited July 2012

    Interesting. Can we host wordpress there?

  • @NanoG6 said: Interesting. Can we host worspress there?

    Yes we can and i am installing it.

  • NickMNickM Member

    I don't see how this can be a viable business model... that said, I'm signing up. I'll use it for... something.

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  • NanoG6NanoG6 Member

    Ya I was on mobile before. Now back on dekstop, I'm also installing it :D Still haven't figured out how to upload our own site / code

  • telephonetelephone Member
    edited July 2012

    @dearroy said: as @jcaleb asked,how long can be kept for the service?

    They have the funding, and if you look at their paid plans/addons, it's clearly not the cheapest option out there.

    @NanoG6 said: Still haven't figured out how to upload our own site / code

    1) Install Ruby 2)

    gem install af
    af login
    af update app_name
    
    
    For "af update app_name", only issue the command when your in your web root via terminal.
    In other words, change the active directory in terminal to the folder you wish to upload, 
    then initiate the command.
    
    Run "af --help" for more options.

    You may also want to check out their support section for some useful hints: Support home Community support Using databases with PHP

  • Can you install your own PHP modules?

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  • gianggiang Member

    I'm trying to register and it said I already got an account =(

  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    Thanks @telephone for the share

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  • telephonetelephone Member
    edited July 2012

    @giang said: I'm trying to register and it said I already got an account =(

    Only thing I can think of is you may already have an account with PHPFog? Anyway just use another email. They don't even verify email as of yet.

    @MrLawoodle said: Can you install your own PHP modules?

    Nope, launch an app and upload a phpinfo() file to check the loaded modules. But if it's essential, you could hit up their support or Google groups.

  • Wow, i've been wait for appfog's launch. It support python too. Wow! *moveFromOpenshift

  • gianggiang Member

    @telephone said: Only thing I can think of is you may already have an account with PHPFog? Anyway just use another email. They don't even verify email as of yet.

    Thank you. I've used Forgot password and created new password for this email :P I was trying to import my wordpress blog but they limited 2MB in php.ini :(

  • telephonetelephone Member
    edited July 2012

    @giang You can tunnel a connection to upload the database if that's what was causing the problem. I think it's "af tunnel"

    EDIT: How do you migrate your MySQL database to AppFog?

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  • AndriAndri Member

    Encourage myself to learn ruby. Thanks for sharing @telephone. :)

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  • Nice they finnaly lauched. There is so many thing you can do with the service. one example Make cdn in every location and the mirror it again two make two copys

  • This is awesome, thanks for the share @telephone :)

    @telephone said: Supports: - Java

    Now then, who's going to be the first idiot to try and run Minecraft?

  • @ElliotJ said: Now then, who's going to be the first idiot to try and run Minecraft?

    So.. you can't run Minecraft on it?

    Useless.

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  • This little thing is great! Just wish there was SSH access. :/

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  • JarJar Member

    Very cool find. I like the website design too.

  • no useful if no shell

    like a shared hosting?

  • @ynzheng They're not providing VPS' or IaaS, They're providing PaaS which essentially is a preconfigured environment that can be scaled with the click of a button. For this type of setup shell isn't required as everything is preconfigured, or can be added with a click of the button.

    With shared hosting you can't launch a new instance in a different location to deal with a burst of traffic. Sign up and have a go, and then you'll notice the difference.

    http://blog.appfog.com/traditional-vs-paas-hosting/

  • lele0108lele0108 Member
    edited July 2012

    Hmm, I spot Java, so might try it out with a Tekkit server. Minecraft FTW.

    Dammit just noticed its a PaaS.

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  • Is the for a llifetime? or someday I'll login and find my account deleted?

  • Thanks for this one. I tried it but it seems like they currently don't support pointing to the root level domain of your choice. :|

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  • @rgenzon said: Thanks for this one. I tried it but it seems like they currently don't support pointing to the root level domain of your choice. :|

    Hmm... I think you can modify that in your configurations, AFTER creating the plan, and adding a dummy domain.

  • Guys, let's say I have a wordpress site on it, how do I backup the mysql database? I can't seem to find the link on the console.

    Btw, thank you for sharing this great find!

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  • Wait, this is AWESOME!

    First, 2GB of RAM, all to myself. My guess is enough CPU allocation to power that RAM.

    Then...

    Simple deploy. Wordpress, MySQL, PHP/HTML with 3 clicks.

    And scaling. Jesus christ. Locations... And best of all...free.

    This is a lovely find, and I think I just might start cancelling some of my services.

    B/W isn't that expensive for overage.

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  • @fly said: have you used heroku? it's very similar.

    Yep, all PaaS are quite similar, but the main difference with Appfog is the amount of RAM and locations. Digital Ocean is one that actually has low end pricing and unlimited bandwidth :)

    @rev3rse said: Is the for a llifetime? or someday I'll login and find my account deleted?

    They're not going to delete your account. At most they would stop new signups.

    @rgenzon said: Thanks for this one. I tried it but it seems like they currently don't support pointing to the root level domain of your choice. :|

    Yep that's one of the limitations that I listed. Currently you can only use their service with a CNAME (From my initial inspection. They may be changing things).

    @cosmicgate said: Guys, let's say I have a wordpress site on it, how do I backup the mysql database? I can't seem to find the link on the console.

    Tunnel into MySQL and then perfom a mysqldump:

    How do you migrate your MySQL database to AppFog?

    Or use a PHP script to create a backup, then download via http.

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